Sunday, November 18, 2012
Join others in saving our Southbridge Schools
An old proverb says, "Desperate times call for desperate measures." To many in Southbridge this is one of those times.
Anyone who has followed the unfolding saga concerning the Southbridge Public School District must by now realize that there are those who would bring down the system if they cannot control it. It is an ugly battle, and the stakes are high. The outcome determines the quality of education for the children of Southbridge and ultimately their future success.
Given the history of some members of The Southbridge School Committee, there is little hope for an amicable solution without some outside intervention. That is why some concerned citizens have said "Enough is enough." The only way to stop this runaway train from becoming a train wreck is to call on the aid of The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to take temporary control of our school district.
While the petition was written by a Southbridge parent expressing concerns for all the children of Southbridge, it is not only parents who have a stake in the success of our schools. Every citizen of Southbridge has a stake in this. Businesses, realtors, home-owners, just to name a few. Most anyone can tell you that when a business or potential new home-buyer considers a location, among the first questions they ask concerns the state of the local school system. As things stand presently, Southbridge is a place many want to leave, not a place they want to come to.
What young couple who is considering buying their first home and raising a family would choose Southbridge?
If you are a stakeholder who is concerned with the future vitality of our town, you may want to consider adding your name to the petition. Though there are already more than enough names for the petition to move forward, more names are welcome.
So what is your choice? Will you stand on the sideline? Or will you join those who insist that the children of Southbridge, in fact the entire town of Southbridge, are deserving of better?
Click below to read and sign the petition: